Jesse is King Leading Shamrocks To Victory30 de Mayo de 2022 a las 06:12
Photo Courtesy of Darren Stone, Times Colonist
Article by Gary Groob
Columnist and Co-Host on Spanglish Sports World and Spanglish World Networks
TORONTO. - The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) opened their 2022 summer season Friday night with the New Westminster Salmonbellies visiting the Victoria Shamrocks at Q Arena in front of 2,381 fans. Jesse King led the Shamrocks with eight points, as Victoria scored early and often enroute to a 14-10 victory.
The goalie match-up was Zach Higgins for the Salmonbellies vs.Pete Dubenski for the Shamrocks.
To the game...
The Salmonbellies opened the scoring when Colton Clark (2g,1a) converted a Jimmy McBride pass beating Pete Dubenski at 2:08. The lead was short-lived as the Shamrocks came back with three quick goals. Cole Pickup (3g,0a) scored the first goal off a Jesse King pass at 3:21. Larson Sundown (3g,2a) scored the next Shamrocks goal off a Jake Foster pass at 4:20, followed by Jesse King (4g,4a) scoring the third goal off a Larson Sundown pass at 5:51.
New Westminster came back with two goals of their own when Haiden Dickson (3g,0a) scored on the power play off a Mitch Jones pass at 7:58, followed by Jones (1g,1a) himself scoring off a Jordan McBride pass just 0:37 seconds later to tie the game at three.
The Shamrocks wouldn't be outdone and scored three unanswered goals inside a minute to regain control of the game. Jesse King scored his second of the night off a Nick Preston pass, followed by Cole Pickup with his second of the game off a Marshall King pass, and King once more, unassisted at 10:31. Colton Clark got one back for the Salmonbellies at 12:56.
Cole Pickup scored his third of the game converting a Larson Sundown pass at 14:08, followed by Liam Phillips (2g,0a) scoring at 17:55 to increase the Shamrocks lead to 8-4.
Haiden Dickson scored his second of the game for New Westminster, converting a Jordan McBride pass at 18:07.
After one period, Shamrocks 8 Salmonbellies 5.
A more subdued period was the second, with only the Shamrocks scoring. Victoria got one of each type of goal...power play, even strength, and shorty.
The power play goal came just 1:24 into the period when Marshall King (1g,1a) converted a Rhys Duch pass. Larson Sundown scored an even strength goal off a Jesse King pass 0:28 seconds later, and King himself got his fourth of the game shorthanded at 7:06.
After two periods, Victoria 11 New Westminster 5.
The Salmonbellies got back on track in the third period narrowing the lead with a four goal run to start the period. Jason Jones (1g,0a) scored off a Jordan McBride pass at 5:21, followed by Marcus Klarich (1g,1a) also converting a Jordan McBride pass at 6:08. Haiden Dickson scored his third of the night at 7:18 off a Marcus Klarich pass, followed by Justin Salt (1g, 1a) unassisted tally at 7:52, but Larson Sundown scored his third of the night for Victoria just 0:21 seconds after the Salmonbellies ninth goal.
Although the action was fast and furious, there wasn't any more scoring until 17:53 when Liam Phillips scored his second of the game, followed by Jake Foster (1g, 1a) in transition at 18:50. Jordan McBride (1g,4a) scored for New Westminster at 19:10 on a penalty shot, but it was too little too late.
Final score, Victoria 14 New Westminster 10.
Shots on goal favored Victoria 58-39.
Faceoffs were 19-8 in favor of the Shamrocks.
Each team had one power play goal, but Victoria also had a shorthanded goal as well.
New Westminster Salmonbellies:
Jordan McBride 1g, 4a
Colton Clark 2g, 1a
Haiden Dickson 3g, 0a
Jesse King 4g, 4a
Larson Sundown 3g,2a
Cole Pickup 3g,0a